The Hierarchy of States

The Hierarchy of States : Reform and Resistance in the International Order

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The hierarchy of states presents Ian Clark's Reform and resistance in the international order, a well-established text on international relations first published in 1980, in a completely revised form. Combining a detailed examination of theory with a full account of historical developments, Dr Clark analyses the nature of international order - the hierarchical state system - and its potential for reform. The theory of international order is explored tracing two traditions of thought epitomised in the writings of Kant and Rousseau, whilst in a historical survey Dr Clark covers the main attempts to implement international order since 1815 and includes such aspects as concert diplomacy, alliance systems, international organisations as well as such informal understandings as nuclear deterrence, crisis management and spheres of influence. This revised edition contains two new chapters - one on international/world order issues and the other on 'macro' changes between 1815 and 1990. Dr Clark has updated his discussion on the course of superpower relations and most of the material on the post-1945 period is introduced in this edition for the first time.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 25mm | 515g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Subsequent
  • 0521372526
  • 9780521372527

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Ideology of International Orders: 1. Order and international relations; 2. International and world order; 3. Kant and the tradition of optimism; 4. Rousseau and the tradition of despair; Part II. The Practice of International Order: 5. Order and change in the international system, 1815-1990; 6. From balance to concert, 1815-1854; 7. Balance without concert, 1856-1914; 8. Concert without balance, 1918-1939; 9. From concert to balance, 1945-1990; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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'This is an erudite well-written work.' Adam M. Garfinkle, Orbis 'This book combines a discussion of theoretical perspectives on the nature of international relations with an examination of international history since 1815. Neither of these ventures entails entering new and unexplored territory, but even the most experienced students of the modern international system will find in Clark's work some original perceptions and some interpretations that deviate sufficiently from conventional wisdom to induce reconsideration.' Inis L. Claude, Jr, Political Science Quarterly "This is an erudite, well-written work..." Adam M. Garfinkle in Orbis
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